10 Festivals To Look Forward To In 2018
Ravers kicked off 2018 with a series of NYE shows all over the United States. From Countdown to Deacadence, artists pulled out all stops to celebrate the new year.
Now that we're officially in the new year, fan-favorite festivals are beginning to roll out dates, tickets and lineups.
iEDM has compiled a list of 10 of our favorite festivals for 2018, including ones that we've been to and those that we haven't (but intend to attend).
We've included classics like EDC and Ultra, but we also have included some you may have never heard of, but definitely should.
This is by no means a comprehensive or qualitative list, it's purely subjective. Check out our list of ten festivals that you can't miss this 2018 season.
In 2018 Ultra will be celebrating its big 20th anniversary and ravers from all over the globe are looking forward to what the mega-festival will bring for the big birthday bash. Ultra is one of the most popular and widely attended music festivals in the world and many artists drop tons of new music at the March festival. Ultra promises to have big things planned for the 20th anniversary and even though only the first phase of the lineup dropped, UMF 2018 promises to be big. Phase 2 is expected to drop sometime in February, so keep a close eye on Ultra's website. Festival information and ticket information HERE.
Okeechobee is a newer festival that you not heard of, but this fun and quirky art and music festival features a stacked lineup with some of the biggest and best names in the EDM world. With producers like Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Grammatik, Illenium, Jai Wolf, Liquid Stranger and more, Okeechobee is bringing a huge lineup to Florida. Also with a Ganja White Night b2b Boogie T b2b Dirt Monkey set, Okeechobee is bringing bass to Florida in the best way possible. The art at this festival is entrancing and you can get lost walking around this mini paradise. Check out the iEDM Okeechobee 2017 Review HERE.
Bonnaroo dropped an incredibly diverse lineup for its 2018 installation and the talent which includes Bassnectar, Kaskade, Virtual Self, What So Not, Kayzo, K?D, Space Jesus, Said the Sky and more, represents almost every facet of the EDM spectrum. In addition to the considerable array of electronic music that will be at the Tennessee festival, Bonnaroo will also have talent like Eminem, The Killers, Paramore, Rebelution and more.
While Bonnaroo isn't a strictly EDM-centric festival, the music and art festival will allow attendees to dip their toes into all kinds of music and listen to a variety of performances throughout the day. Click HERE for ticketing and camping information.
One of the biggest music festivals in the US (if not the world) EDC Las Vegas is back and is bringing a new and different experience for headliners. The festival moved from its traditional weekend in June to an earlier (and cooler) date at the end of May. This is the first year that EDC is offering a camping options for attendees and Insomniac continues to bring new and innovative changes to the flagship festival. The lineup hasn't dropped yet but Insomniac usually drops the lineup sometime in late April, so keep your eyes peeled. Click HERE for tickets. And click HERE to read iEDM's EDC 2017 review.
Held in what is arguably one of the most beautiful venues in the United States, Paradiso returns to the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington. The two day festival is in the middle of June (when it traditionally clashed with EDC) but without the competition from its southern neighbor, attendees can expect to see a spike in numbers (and performers). The lineup has not yet been announced for this fan-favorite festival, but the artists are traditionally announced anytime between the end of March and early April. Click HERE for tickets.
One of the biggest camping festivals in the United States, Electric Forest is known for its great vibes and stellar lineup. In fact, we even named it #1 on our Best Festivals of 2017 list. Electric Forest returns to Rothbury, Michigan for two weekends in June and July. Electric Forest veterans The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Rufus Du Sol and Zhu return for both weekends of the popular camping festival. Forest brings a number of genres and performers to Michigan and the variety guarantees that there will be something for everyone. Click HERE for ticketing information. Relive last year with Electric Forest 2017 Sets HERE.
Shambhala will rock Salmo River Ranch in BC, Canada again this August. Shambhala is one of the most popular festivals in Canada, effectively selling out during its 20th anniversary in 2017. The popular camping festival usually sees a lot of bass, having producers like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Crizzly, Datsik, Delta Heavy, Excision, Ganja White Night, Herobust, Ilenium, Kill the Noise, Liquid Stranger, Rezz and more all graced the stages in 2017. The lineup for the 21st edition of Shambhala has not been released yet, but will likely drop sometime in early April. Click HERE for festival and ticket information.
Electric Zoo will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018 and the wild animals in New York will be pulling out all the stops. Ever since HARD's Destructo became the president of LiveStyle (and Electric Zoo's Made Event organization) Electric Zoo has seen incredible(r) lineups with DJ Snake, Galantis, Zedd, Above and Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz headlining Electric Zoo 2017. The lineup for the 2018 anniversary has not yet been released, but Electric Zoo traditionally releases its lineups in three phases, and the first phase tends to arrive at the end of March, so keep an eye on the official Electric Zoo website for the most up-to-date information. Check out iEDM's Electric Zoo 2017 Review HERE.
My biggest regret of 2017 was missing Lost Lands. I kid you not. Excision accomplished something magical with his all bass festival held in the aptly named Legend Valley in Ohio. The bass king gathered some of the biggest names in bass, dubstep, melodic bass and wobbles and brought them all to his dinosaur themed festival. The 2018 edition of the festival sold out pre-sale tickets the day they were released and for a festival that's new on the circuit, it says a lot. The 2018 lineup has not yet been released, but Excision released 2017's lineup in mid June, so keep an eye out. Check out the official website HERE.
Imagine Music Festival returns to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in September of 2018. In 2017, Imagine saw one of the most stacked lineups that I've ever seen for a non-EDC/non-Ultra festival. Representing a huge array of genres were Above and Beyond, Deadmau5, Pretty Lights, Tiesto, Gorgon City, Datsik and more. iEDM had a chance to hang out at Imagine Festival in 2017. Check out our Imagine Festival 2017 Review HERE and an exclusive interview with the Imagine founders HERE. The lineup will probably drop sometime in June so keep an eye on the Imagine website for tickets.
Follow iEDM for the most up-to-date festival news HERE. We will be attending (hopefully!) many of the festivals listed here, keep an eye out for reviews, set announcements and Artist Interviews HERE!
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